Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Suarez focused on Confederations Cup

Luis Suarez will play against Spain in the Confederations Cup this weekend

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists he is not thinking about using the Confederations Cup as a means to enhance his chances of leaving Anfield.

The 26-year-old striker will lead the line for Uruguay in the tournament in Brazil over the next fortnight. World champions Spain, who contain many of the Real Madrid players Suarez has previously spoken publicly of wanting to join at the Bernabeu, are Uruguay's first opponents this weekend.

"Here I come to play for Uruguay and not thinking what I can do to benefit a transfer," he told reporters at a press conference ahead of the match against Spain. "My only goal is to win the cup."

Suarez added that "for now there is nothing" in relation to any potential transfer and there was no deadline, although he admitted "family issues" - his wife Sofia moved to Barcelona to study as a teenager which was followed by his transfer to Europe to play for Dutch side Groningen - meant he had an affiliation with Spain aside from the language.

Liverpool have yet to be informed by the player or his agent of a desire to leave but it is likely they are waiting for Real to make their approach in order for loyalty bonuses not to be sacrificed by making a transfer request.

Suarez, who has six matches of a 10-match domestic ban still to serve for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, has spoken at length of his unhappiness at the way he is treated by the British media.

He apologised for his previous misdemeanours and revealed he just wanted to be appreciated for his footballing qualities.

"I had wrong attitudes, I recognised my mistakes, I apologised and would love to be valued more for my game on the field," he added.

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